John Robertson's most recent commercial project is paintings for the new MLB Atlanta Braves stadium opening in April 2017 and the remodel of the NFL Green Bay Packers stadium opening in July 2017. He has created work for the Minnesota Vikings Football Stadium ( U.S. Bank Stadium ) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, opening summer of 2016. He also created five large-scale paintings for the new San Francisco 49ers, Levi Stadium. Sports Artist John Robertson has created art for Fox Sports, Fox Sports Net, Prudential Sports Arena (at the time home of the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils), the Amway Sports Arena, Orlando Florida home of the Orlando Magic and various other commercial projects. He has also created a number of images for private clients.
I had a great opportunity one season to go to the first game of the Stanley Cup in Los
Hockey Painting of Drew Doughty #8, Defenseman for the LA Kings skating with the puck towards the goal is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film.
Angeles and see Drew Doughty of the LA Kings play.. As my son-in-law says “Drew Doughty is a superstar defenseman.” He is an integral part of the well-oiled machine that is the LA Kings. One of the nicest things a teammate can say about another is what teammate Justin Williams says, “Doughty gets better as the season progresses. The great thing about him is he doesn’t know how great he really is.
How Drew Doughty Started Playing Defensemen
Drew tells an interesting story about how he started playing as a defenseman. “Back when I was a kid in London I was a forward all the way until major bantam hockey. Then one day we were short some defensemen at camp so they asked if I would play back on defense for a couple games. I had been on the team for a while and I had kind of established myself so I tried it out and it and I played well. So my coach asked if I minded switching to defense and I was happy to and it worked out.”
When anyone asks about his ability to play his supporters tell you all Doughty needs to do is go out and play his game. “Drew is a very simple kid – what you see is what you get,” veteran Sean O’Donnell says. “He doesn’t over think things. Whether he makes a good play or a bad play, he moves on. He’s got a short memory.”
Once again, it all goes back to his mindset. “On the ice I’m not worried about making a mistake,” Doughty says. “I’m never thinking, ‘If I make this play, what can go wrong?’ I’m thinking, ‘When I make this play, it’s going to happen the proper way and I’m going to make it.’ That helps me. I don’t get down on myself. Of course I’m angry for a little bit, but I get over it pretty quickly. I go back out there and I’ll make that same play again.”
Because of the quality of play Jonathan Quick, who is considered one of the best hockey goalies in the NHL, it surprised me to find out that he was picked 72nd overall in the 2005 draft. 72nd? With the LA Kings he had won two Stanly Cups, 2012 and 2014, and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable player of the 2012 Stanly Cup playoffs.
In an article by Lisa Dillman, Dustin Brown was talking about the line between confidence and arrogance, and described how Jonathan Quick sets the tone for the veteran-heavy Kings by trending toward the first quality. “It’s more of the same with Quickie,” Brown said. “It’s just the type of confidence he exudes, really. It’s a trickle-down effect. When you have a goalie who is not arrogant but very confident, it goes a long way in the demeanor of the whole team. “Quickie’s quiet. He’ll make a glove save and he won’t do the big ‘I-saved the puck’ [flourish]. I guess that’s the only way I can explain it. He’ll make a save that he has no business making and he’ll act like it’s a routine save.” Including what was considered by many to be the save of the season, on Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center on March 29. Quick was down, on his belly, and raised his leg to make an incredible kick save. “The Scorpion Kick or whatever they call it,” Brown said. “It’s like that. Saves like that he shouldn’t make. He doesn’t make a big deal about it. But if you’re looking from the other team, you’re like: ‘Did he really just make that?
My son-in-law, who first got me interested in hockey and especially the LA Kings, plays in a hockey league. His team is named the “Ice Holes” and he is the most penalized player on the team. I will write about that some other time. The interesting part is their goalie – who is a woman. I did not realize this until after watching a number of his games. With her pads, gloves, chest/arm protectors, pants, etc., she stands well over six feet with her skates on. One would never know she was hidden under all that gear. I have seen her do an incredible butterfly save and pop back up in a second. In front of the goal she can move side to side like the fabled cat. To grab a puck on the ice I have seen her crawl on her belly like a reptile. As the saying goes, she “controls the space.” A puck coming in at 8o+ miles per hour as a good hard (amateur) slap shot to the body is not always painless. Getting knocked down is close combat can lead to other pain. Yet she takes the pain better than a man. No whining. She has been through childbirth. Try that for pain Mr. Hockey Player. So when it is time for teams in my son-in-law’s league to choose players they – “pick the girl”
Stanley Cup winners for 2014 LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff Most Valuable Player two years ago. Quick is my son-in-laws favorite player. This is what Jonathan Quick has to say about the team’s “magic” and finding a way to get a win: “Obviously we get a bounce that goes against us a little bit there on the second one. It’s still early, so you just stick with it. From a goalie’s perspective, you try and make the next save. With the forwards, they’re just trying to get in deep, wear ‘em out a little bit and get pucks to the net. We were fortunate to get the third there. Now, you start all over again. It’s a zero-zero game and you’re trying to win the next game.”
Watercolor ink on drafting film. Image is approximately 8″ x 10″ on 11″ x 14″ drafting film.
The LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last night. I’m a big Kings fan. My son-in-law plays in a small league which adds more fun watching the kings play. The painting is of LA kings Dustin Brown captain of the Los Angeles Kings. He is noted for his physical playing style, consistently ranking among the league leaders in hits and penalties drawn. (Hitting too hard) As Dustin says, ““You’ve got to try to go after guys, get guys off their game.” Being the captain of the LA Kings he takes the responsibility seriously, “”Being captain is a lot more work than I thought it would be, that’s for sure. But I see it as a welcomed challenge and one that I take very seriously and work hard at. It’s a lot of fun and with this team it’s pretty easy to keep the guys motivated because we all push each other.” And about the Stanley cup? ““The Stanley Cup is a special trophy, and you kind of dream about having this chance your whole life if you’re a hockey player.”
The painting is 12″ by 16″ ink and acrylic on 1980’s Sporting News hockey pages (newsprint) mounted on canvas board.
Stanley Cup playoffs between the Rangers and Kings tonight game 3. Painting of Drew Doughty defense man for the LA Kings is 5 feet by 6 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas. I was at game on at Staples center last Wednesday night and saw it go into overtime. Exciting finish. Quote from Drew: What you can expect to do is go to the net hard. The goalies are so good these days if you’er not getting screens in front, if you’re not getting rebounds or tips, goals aren’t going to go in.”
Art Hockey painting of NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey player painting I did a few years ago but just came across the photo – so I thought I would post it on the blog. I have no idea who the player is. The painting is approximately 3 ½ feet by 8 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas. The dripping and running of the paint really gives it a sense of motion – and the feeling of melting ice.
My son-in-law plays in a hockey league so for his birthday I painted this hockey art for him. 18″ x 24″ ink and acrylic on newsprint mounted on board. He loves hockey and in particular the LA Kings.
L.A. Kings coach, Darryl Sutter has had some great one-liners during his tenure with the L.A. Kings. one of my favorites, “They can wear wigs and sunglasses. I don’t care, as long as they’re ready.” (January of 2012 on the L.A. Kings players and whether they should wear helmets in warmups
Hockey Art Image of Jonathan Quick, goalie for the LA Kings painting is 48″ x 60″ acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas. One of my favorite quotes from Jonathan Quick is ” You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that’s the thought process. Everyone gives up the goal and it’s part of the game” That is something a lot of the fans fail to appreciate. As he has said that sometimes there is going to be a blog post or commentary calling him and idiot. He has the hardest job on the ice- protecting the goal. And he is one of the best. Sports Artist John Robertson
Sports painting. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty The sports image by John Robertson is painted on brown paper approximately 4 feet by 7 ½ feet, acrylic. It is the first time I have painted large-scale on paper and was an experiment to see how the paint acts on it’s surface. I liked the watery consistency of the paint which adds to the nature of a hockey player. It gives the image a feeling of more action. My object in painting is not to paint illustratively. It is about expressing the idea of hockey and the individual player without representing the person exactly. Photographs do that quite nicely.
Image sports painting of New Jersey Devils Hockey Goalie Martin Brodeur. The art by sports artist John Robertson is approximately 48” x 60” acrylic on unstretched canvas. Brodeur has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the New Jersey Devils.
In his 21-year tenure with the Devils, he has won three Stanley Cup championships and has been in the playoffs every year but two. Brodeur has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, as well as several other medals with Team Canada in other international competitions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Painting by artist John Robertson of Dew Doughty, a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Stanley Cup winners LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff Most Valuable Player. Watercolor ink on drafting film. Image is approximately 8″ x 10″ on 11″ x 14″ drafting film.
Artist John Robertson baseball sports painting of a hockey player. 5 feet 6 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas
The hockey season is over. Do you miss it yet? I do like baseball – but John Leonard said it best about hockey when he remarked, “Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but hockey is played with hand grenades and machine guns.”